White House Scrambles after Biden Goes Off-Script, Says Putin ‘Cannot Remain in Power’

The White House has been left scrambling after Democrat President Joe Biden went off-script during a speech and declared that Russia’s Vladimir Putin must be removed from power.

The Biden administration was forced to clarify the president’s “inarticulate rhetoric” after he seemed to call for regime change in Russia and said Putin “cannot remain in power.”

“We need to be clear-eyed,” Biden said.

“This battle will not be won in days and months.

“We need to steel ourselves for the long fight ahead.

“Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness.

“We will have a different future, a brighter future, rooted in democracy and principles, hope and light, of decency and dignity, of freedom, and possibilities.

“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.

“You the Russian people are not our enemy.

“I refuse to believe that you welcome the killing of innocent children and grandparents.

“Or that you accept hospitals, schools, maternity wards — for God’s sake — being pummeled with Russian missiles and bombs.

“We’re seeing it once again today, the brave Ukrainian people showing that their power of many is greater than the will of any one dictator.

“We stand with you. Period.

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“This war is not worthy of you, the Russian people.

“Putin can and must end this war.

“The American people will stand with you and the brave citizens of Ukraine who want peace,” he said.

A White House official clarified Biden’s comments, claiming that Biden was not calling for regime change but meant Putin should not have power outside of Russia.

“The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,” the official said.

Tyler Pager, a reporter from the Washington Post, said: “Biden’s line tonight saying Putin ‘cannot remain in power’ was NOT planned and a surprise to U.S. officials, per people familiar.

“Still, officials say no change in policy.

“Instead, the line was an example of Biden’s sometimes inarticulate rhetoric.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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